Trailblazer Success Program

Jeff Puleri
Coordinator of Academic Success
j.puleri@mcla.edu
413-662-5403

3.0 Poster Fall 2018
3.0 Poster Spring 2018

3.0 Poster Fall 2017

3.0 Poster Spring 2017
3.0 Poster Fall 2016

The department has created a new position to academically support our student-athletes, the Coordinator of Academic Success (CAS).  The Trailblazer Success Program was created to support the 3-2-1 vision of the Athletic Department in assisting all student-athletes to reach and maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Academic standing is evaluated at the end of the fall and spring semesters and will be based on a student-athlete’s cumulative GPA. A student-athlete may only be placed on probation once throughout their career and remain eligible to practice and compete. Once placed on probation, the student-athlete must fulfill all of the requirements set by the Coordinator of Academic Success AND the Center of Student Success and Engagement (CSSE). If a student-athlete is on probation for a second time they will be ineligible to practice or compete with the team until they become academically eligible again.

If a student is SUSPENDED BY THE COLLEGE, regardless of credit status, the suspension committee reserves the right to also SUSPEND the SA regardless of whether or not a “freebie” has been used, assuming the student has appealed the MCLA suspension and it’s overturned.

The appeal is for student-athletes who believe they have extenuating circumstances (the loss of an immediate family member; prolonged illness; recently diagnosed learning disability, etc.), which impacted their academic success. The appeal will be reviewed and the student-athlete will receive a response in a timely fashion.

Student-athletes may appeal their Athletics Suspension ONE time throughout their academic career.  The appeal should be sent to the Coordinator of Academic Success (CAS) and should outline the student-athletes struggles and a plan for specific academic success in the future.  The student-athlete should attach any additional documentation needed for the committee to review.

    1. If a student-athlete wins an appeal, the committee may impose certain guidelines in order to REMAIN eligible (IE: Mandatory study hall attendance, Satisfactory academic progress, Mid Term grades, etc)

Any student-athlete UNDER a 2.5 Cumulative GPA or considered “At Risk” by the Coordinator of Academic Success will be mandated to attend Study Hall during the semester.  The Coordinator of Academic Success is the only one who can excuse a student-athlete from attending study hall.  Each student-athlete is required to attend a minimum of FOUR hours per week in Study Hall.  Student-athletes that fail to meet study hall requirements will be sanctioned as follows: 

  • 1st Offense- Meeting with CAS, Coach, and student-athlete to discuss policy
  • 2nd Offense- Student-athlete will be suspended for one game/contest
  • 3rd Offense- Student-athlete will be suspended for additional two games/contests

Eligibility Notices

The Athletic Department will issue an eligibility notice to the student-athlete at the following three stages:

1) When a student-athlete is placed on their first academic probation and invokes their one “free” semester.

2. When a student-athlete is placed on academic probation a second time, the student will be ineligible to practice or compete with the team until they become academically eligible again, which will be decided at the conclusion of the semester.

Earned Credits          Good Standing            Probation                 Suspension

0-30                              2.000 or above         1.500-1.999               under 1.500
31-75                            2.000 or above         1.750-1.999               under 1.750
76 and above                2.000 or above         no probation              under 2.000

TRAILBLAZER SUCCESS PROGRAM (TSP)

The department has a position to academically support our student-athletes, the Coordinator of Academic Success (CAS).  The Trailblazer Success Program was created to support the 3-2-1 vision of the Athletic Department in assisting all student-athletes to reach and maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA.

First Semester, Transfer, and “At Risk” Student-Athletes:

During the semester at MCLA these student-athletes are required to complete 4 hours of study hall a week and have meetings with the CAS. After the first semester is completed they will be evaluated by their cumulative GPA (see table below).

Second Semester and Upper Class Students:

The cumulative GPA will dictate what column the student-athlete falls into.

3.0-4.0

2.5-2.99

2.49 & Below

  • No required Study Hall
  • No professor check-ins
  • Professor check-ins
  • Study hall could be imposed if CAS deems necessary
  • Meet with CAS on a weekly or biweekly basis
  • Study Hall required- 4 hours a week
  • Professor check-ins

MISSED CLASS LETTER & CLASS ATTENDANCE

It is an expectation that student-athletes attend classes regularly.  The Coordinator of Academic Success will provide each team with a missed class letter at the beginning of each season.  Student-athletes should hand deliver these letters to professors at the beginning of the season.  If the student-athlete fails to deliver this letter they will not be permitted to leave class.

Departure times for away games as well as reporting times for home games are included in the letter. Student-athletes must stay in class until those reported times, which intend to keep the student-athletes in their classes for as long as possible. Student-athletes are not permitted to miss class for practices.

This policy is intended to ensure student-athletes are not penalized for being absent from class while representing the College.  It is not intended to excuse students from the responsibility to meet course requirements.  They will need to notify faculty of their imminent absence and to make arrangements to make up any missed work.